[Spellyans] Mainly <yn>
A. J. Trim
ajtrim at msn.com
Fri Jul 25 15:28:26 IST 2008
Michael Everson wrote:
I disagree. It seems to me that the preposition which does not mutate
has developed into an adverbial particle which mutates. Minimal pairs
might not be easy to find, but "in gwydn" might be 'in white' ("she
was dressed in white") and "yn whydn" might be 'whitely' -- not to
use the "in gwir"/"yn whir" example, though distinguishing the two
might help to stamp out the latter error, because in the phrase "in
gwir" the first element is known to be the preposition which does not
mutate, not the adverbial particle which does.
And I think distinguishing the two in an orthography is a useful aid
to learners, regardless of whether the distinction was made in
spelling the particle in traditional Cornish.
In English, we have "to" and "too". These have differing functions in sentences. The spelling distinction however is only a hindrance to learners. We would have been better off if we had just the one spelling for both.
Andrew J. Trim
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